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palestinian man. i'm robin adams with the sport and the african cup of nations is dominating headlines, morocco punished for refusing to continent's biggest football tournament. and we're still not sure where the event will be held. the full story coming up in about 45-minute's time. ♪ we begin this news hour in syria and iraq on a day that the u.n. has announced that the two conflicts have now displaced 13.6 million people. the u.n. refugee agency says the world is becoming numb to the problem. it says it needs more money and that more countries need to open their borders. take a look at this photo of the refugee camp in jordan. back in 2012 you can hardly see the tents. fast forward to today, and the camp is now huge.
you can see it here in white. it's home to more than 81,000 people. the refugee situation has not been helped by the advance of isil in iraq. in a moment we'll take an exclusive look inside the strategic town of beiji. but first let's head to syria. the u.n. envoy to syria is the latest in a long line of diplomats trying to achieve peace. he believes a truce in aleppo would lay the ground work for a resolution. but a deal may not be easy to negotiation. zana hoda had this report. >> reporter: this counter offensive is about recapturing supply lines. syria's rebels need to win this battle to told on to the
neighborhoods they control in aleppo. over recent weeks syrian government troops have closed in on the main roads that link the city to turkey. they have the rebel-held east of aleppo surrounded. >> translator: this regime is advancing. aleppo could be under siege and is about to fall. and islamic state of iraq and the levant is on the other side. >> reporter: aleppo has been a battleground for more than three years. and the government has targeted opposition neighborhoods with near daily darrell d -- barrel bombs. they have been discussing the initiative in damascus, and he hopes they are start in aleppo.
>> the security council resolutions are requesting in fact the stoppage of certain activities which are related to the conflict, and aleppo could be a good example. >> reporter: aleppo is also threatened by islamic state of iraq and the levant. he sees this as an opportunity even though it would mean an unlikely alliance of the government and rebels fighting isil together. >> translator: the regime is advancing. aleppo is about to fall and that would be a catastrophe. >> reporter: al jazeera america controls the countryside. the rebels have been losing ground but not just to the military, to isil as well, and as of late they have been facing a new challenge. syr syria's al-qaeda branch has recently overrun their areas. >> reporter: the rebels
belonging to the so-called moderate opposition would lose their last strong hold in the opposition controlled north. the government and the moderate rebels do have common enemies, isil and necessaaesra. >> joining us is the president of the national coalition of syrian revolutionary and opposition forces, an organization representing the opposition to president bashar al-assad. thank you very much for joining us here. i understand you have met the u.n. envoy, he believes if there is a ceasefire in aleppo it could be built on. is this a good plan in your view? is the opposition on board with this plan? >> we -- the coalition we have conducted various meetings with him and exchanged all of the
ideas and possibilities he has. we expressed our opinion clearly that any partial solution will not serve the final purpose of stopping violence and reaching a complete settlement, but what he is calling for now is not a ceasefire, but he is calling it a freeze of situation at the ground level as it is, meaning it freezes its activities without any obligation to the other side. as you know, the devil lies in the details and we haven't seen a complete outline of such an agreement, what guarantees it offers the syrian people, the protection of the syrian civilians. and the ground army -- >> so you are not on board yet then with this idea of a freeze as you call it? >> you cannot have a clear position right now, because we don't see the details.
so we need to see the details of the agreement. but our position is very clear that we have to have comprehensive political resolution and we could see these type of agreement of freeze zone areas as part or as a step forward. we need to know what is the second step, the third, and what is the final target, where we will reach. what type of outlook. >> but as you know, sir, the government of bashar al-assad seems to be on board at least for now with this idea -- >> we need -- we need -- we need to be careful what assad regime said that it was looking at. it didn't say they are committed to it. still the details and as i said devil lies in the details, we need to look at the details and see what does it have guarantees for the civilian population in syria. >> reporter: there are multiple rebel groups of course operating
in syria right now, multiple allegiances, how does your organization, if you decide to go ahead with this plan, how do you convince everyone fighting on the ground to -- to join you? >> my reason -- most recently a week ago we have a meeting with the main commanders of the battalions free syrian army battalion in aleppo, we have met in turkey, and we have discussed the situation on the ground, and all of the possibilities of really movement on the political and military side, but as i said, everybody is looking to achieve political transition, everybody is looking to achieve peace, but we need to look at the details and make sure that this is a step forward toward a comprehensive and complete political settlement. >> well, certainly, i think you would agree with me, when i say that the biggest player on the
ground is the islamic state of iraq and the levant, isil, who have gained considerable ground. you have the west now trying to fight them. what is your position on this complain against isil? where does the syrian opposition standing? is it a good thing that the west is taking on isil? >> the opposition clearly defined its position from isil in september 2013. and also we have started fighting isil on the ground in the first quarter of 2014 alone without the international community help. but we have been fighting this front also the regime front at the same time, without the increased assistance given to the free syrian army on the ground which resulted in weakening the capabilities of free syrian army -- >> but is the fsa being consulted during this current
campaign against isil? are you cooperating at all with the international coalition? >> currently there is no coordination between the free syrian army and the international coalition in organizing these air strikes. the whole community knows that you cannot achieve any victory relying only on air strikes. you have to have troops on the ground, and the troops are the free syrian army. we have been fighting isil since the start of this year, and the international coalition has no choice but to rely on our groups on the ground. but also you have to deal with the main cause of the whole situation, which is assad regime. you cannot turn a blind eye to the assad regime. >> thank you for speaking us,
sir. thank you for your time. >> thank you. now let's take a closer look at the conflict in iraq where fighters from the islamic state of iraq and the levant are continuing their advance. iraq's military is trying to take back strategic territory. it has been trying to break a siege of the country's biggest oil refinery beiji. they seized it in june stopping production at the oil facility. the refinery used to produce more than a quarter of iraq's oil. now isil is now using desperate tactics to maintain control of the facility. imran khan has our exclusive report. [ explosion ] >> reporter: when isil fight back, this is what happens. a captured iraqi army humvee is turned into a car bomb. 12 soldiers caught in the blast are severely injured. iraqi forces say the battle for
beiji will be decisive. >> translator: we're now at the central neighborhoods of the city. these parts are adjacent to the checking point which is considered to be strategically valuable because it controls the support lifeline of isil stretches from beiji city up to tikrit city. today we have managed to cut isil's supporting lifeline. >> reporter: that's in stark contrast to the brutality of isil fighters. isil are using increasingly desperate tactics including suicide bombers, car bombs and snipers. now we have seen these type of tactics before. isil fighters rarely if ever surrender. for them it's a fight to the death. now beiji city is strategically very important. it's a territory they want to
hold on to, and that means this fight will be much tougher than in the previous battle because it was on the border of the area they controlled. beiji is very central to them. >> beiji oil refinery is 15 kilometers from here. taking them both back could be the iraqi security force's toughest fight yet. imran khan, al jazeera, bagdad. in other worlds news a palestinian man has been shot dead by israeli security forces in the occupied west bank. soldiers used live ammunition to try to clear protesters. tensions are continuing to grow between the two. >> reporter: a new victim of the simmering tensions in the occupied west bank and israel. a palestinian man was killed by a live round from israeli security forces as they broke up a protest.
that lead to other demonstrations in the west bank, with israeli soldiers firing tear gas at demonstrators. not all protests have been violent. these palestinians are students at the hebrew university in occupied east jerusalem. they organized this rally against what they see is increasing mistreatment by the israeli authorities. tensions ran high when a group of far-right israeli students staged their own counter protest. >> we are always oppressed. we are not allowed to do anything in this university that -- that gives us a freedom of expression. >> reporter: this feeling of oppression and unequal treatment appears to be spreading. since sunday there have been widespread protests in the north of israel. protesters have been angered by the shooting of a palestinian teenager by the israeli police after he apparently tried to assault them. then on monday an israeli
soldier and woman were killed in a separate knife attack in tel-aviv. the killings were the latest in a series of attacks over the past few weeks, leading to a major crackdown in palestinian areas by israeli security forces. >> [ inaudible ] excitement, i believe starting with education. nowadays, the excitement generated by those who claim that we are challenging the status quo in the temple mount, which is a live. >> reporter: but this man disagrees, the palestinian lawmaker says the anger is a symptom of a much deeper problem. >> the israeli law define israel as a jewish state, and gives jews a lot of privileges, so our different 50 [ inaudible ] discrimination is legalized. >> reporter: whatever the case, the tensions are continuing to spread and the israeli
government's crackdown appears to be only making the situation worse. there are many issues causing the palestinian anger across the occupied east of jerusalem, parts of israel, and in the occupied west bank, but they are all connected to what many see as the ongoing discrimination and unequal treatment to palestinians by the israeli authorities. there's much more ahead on the al jazeera news hour. eighty women are dead as a result of a state sterilization program in india. plus -- >> i'm in ben necessary arres where street mu situations are looking for protection. and roger fedor has reaction to the world finals. that is coming up. ♪ saudi arabia is tightedening
security along its southern border with yemen after advances by shia houthi rebels who control much of the land in northern yemen. houthi rebels continue to carry out attacks in yemen. in egypt a law requiring human rights groups and other ngo's to register with authorities has now come into effect. activists are concerned it could restrict their activities and force some to close. amnesty international has held an event in australia calling for a release of al jazeera's journalists detained in egypt. peter greste, baher mohamed, and mohammed fahmy have now been in prison in egypt for nearly a year following a trial that many
believe was political motivated. >> he wants to be out, of course, immediately, and so do we. we are very tired of this whole thing. and particularly when you think that he is totally innocent, and there's absolutely no evidence against him whatsoever. now to india where eight women have died and more than 50 are this critical condition after sterilization surgery. >> reporter: the women were taken to hospital in critical condition after complaining of severe pain and fever. all had sterilization procedures at a government health camp on saturday. they are among the 83 women who have had the procedure as part of the state government's family planning campaign. >> translator: around 55 are critically ill. and the chief minister has ordered an inquiry. a medical team has been sent
here, the medical director, and a compensation of more than $3,000 each will be given by the state government to the family of the deceased women. >> reporter: there are allegations that all 83 sterilizations were performed within just five hours. critics say that shows the government is more concerned with numbers than with safety. >> demand an end to the target-based approach, and we demand full compensation to the women who have been victimized by this wrong policy approach. >> reporter: the government has also been criticized for giving the women $22 each as an incentive to have the surgery and encouraging sterilization when it might not even be necessary. india's population is 1.2 billion. the government says family planning measures ranging from free con from accepttives to
sterilization for men and women are needed to keep this growth in check especially in rural and poor areas. critics say the race to meet target numbers is putting the lives of people at risk. faiz jamil, al jazeera, new delhi. world leaders are wrapping up the asia-pacific economic corporation summit in china. the meetings ended with a promise to improve relations between regional rivals and a plan for better free trade across the region. scott heidler reports. >> reporter: as the sun rose on the second day of the summit, the leaders traveled outside of beijing to this lake. costing billions, the complex was built by the chinese government for this week's gathering. each of the 21 heads of government made a long walk down the red carpet to the brand new grand hall where they held closed door discussions.
the group took a break for its second family photo, followed by a tree-planting ceremony. it was how leaders interacted that told part of the story. the chinese and russian presidents appear to have a friendly chat while u.s. president barack obama is off to the side. later the chinese president closed the summit announcing an agreement on broader free trade across the economies of asia pacific. to china this is a showroom for its steadily growing economic and showing it is transforming the way it does business, evolving from what was traditional chinese manufacturing mainly for export into an integral player in the modern marketplace. when it served as host 13 years ago it was an emerging market. >> now we have the infrastructure bank, and the move forward with this new silk road fund, we see china has this
massive exporter of capitol. and it's a very dramatic rise in a very short period of time. >> reporter: there was progress in direct talks between the u.s. and china. they reached a break-through deal. this came as u.s. president barack obama began his state visit to china in a private dinner with the president on tuesday. the leaders will hold direct talks on wednesday looking to further map out their political and economic relationship. and russian president vladimir putin's been caught up in a controversy at the summit. the heads of government were sitting down for a firework's display. and sparks are flying about what happened next when putin wrapped a shall around the shoulders of the chinese president's wife. vladimir putin has a reputation as a bit of a lady's man.
and chinese media has raced to block the footage for near it made their president look like an inattentive president. fighting is preventing dutch investigate fors at the malaysia airlines crash site from moving the wreckage in ukraine. here is more from eastern ukraine. >> reporter: well, the dutch exports together with the oce finally arrived at the crash site this morning after some hours of delay. they are here by the cockpit at the moment trying to gather some evidence and wreckage in order to send back to the nether lands for expertise. they are trying to complete the investigation into the crash, but it has been very difficult for the experts to work in this area as fighting has been going on for months and even today we
say a military convoy moving in the direction of donetsk, armed with light artillery, trucks, and grad missile launchers. so hopefully this will be possible today for them to collect the evidence they need, but the situation here still remains rather tense. tens of thousands of people have gathered to mourn zambia's president michael sata. from humble beginnings he rose to the country's top position, but his death has brought about debates over who should take over his position. >> reporter: michael sata's death has divided his party, but it has also brought people together. these friends say he showed strength of character, while spending a decade in opposition before becoming president. the stadium is almost full. but eventually they find seats.
sata was nicknamed king cobra for his vicious tongue and straight talking, which was popular with the people here. >> i came to pay my last respects. to me [ inaudible ] a great leader. he was like a father to the nation. it was really important for me to be here. >> reporter: but his party is split over who should run to replace him. supporters of run faction couldn't wait until after he was buried before they sided with one presidential hopeful over how a candidate should be chones. but the leaders put rivalries aside for a few hours to give sata a dignify's send off. his humble begins give him great credit with the poor. he is credited with bringing much needed infrastructure and roads to the country.
but most zambian are poor, and as their president is laid to rest many are contemplating hir legacy. his party is preparing themselves for the battle ahead. there's much more ahead on the al jazeera news hour. running again. goodluck jonathan asks nigerians to reelect him as president. plus we meet army veterans using their skills to help people struck by natural disasters. and facing the music, how this famous violinist is giving a lengthy ban for fiddling her way to the olympics. that's ahead in sport. we're back after the break.
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limited ceasefire in aleppo could be a step towards a wider resolution to the conflict. he proposed a truce to the president on monday who said the plan is worth studying. the iraqi military is battling isil fighters in a bid to seize parts of the oil-producing town of beiji. and a palestinian man has been shot dead by israeli security forces in the occupied west bank. soldiers were using live ammunition to try to clear protests in the city. more nan 100 palestinian protesters, israeli forces say, had been throwing rocks at explosionives. [ inaudible ] has called on world powers to form late a comprehensive strategy for fighting extremism in syria and iraq. >> translator: i have previously said that dealing with terrorism and extremism cannot only be
through aerial bombardment. one has to consider political and social solutions. getting rid of the root causes that lead to extremism is a must. on top of this come the unprecedented violence practiced by the assad regime. now nigeria's president has formally announced that he is running for reelection. he was cheered by supporters at a rally, which took place just a day after a suicide bomber killed 50 people in an attack in the north. the attack is blamed on boko haram. >> we are equipping the armed forces, and deploying special
forces this time to engage the terrorists and [ inaudible ] war. we must protect our country. we must serve our people. i will do everything humanly possible to end this criminal violence in our nation. nigerian government officials have made statements about boko haram that have turned out not to be true. in september a picture was circulated reportedly showing the group's leader had been killed. then last month came an announcement from the government they had reached a ceasefire deal with boko haram and an agreement has been reached for the release of the schoolgirls abducted in april. the girls are still missing, and boko haram has continued its campaign in violence. we're joined from a talk show host. thank you for being on al jazeera. in your opinion, does goodluck
jonathan have a good enough record to justify seeking another term in office? >> hello. could you kindly repeat that question, please. >> i'm wondering what your view on goodluck jonathan's reelection ambitions are. do you think he has a good enough record to justify seeking another term in office? >> well, it depends on how you look at it. basically, the president from the southern part of nigeria, in fact from the nigher delta, where they have never had the opportunity to be, you know, president. no one from that part of the country has had opportunity. secondly they are the poorest set of people in nigeria. so all of nigeria east wealth come from the niger delta. nigeria is an extremely rich country with impoverished
people. the people there would obviously want to see their own person as president. and hopefully when he is there, their hope will be that he'll be able to right some of the wrongs, you know, that his predecessors have done, you know, to harm the country and the niger delta. there will be people who might say they don't want him as president again for another term, and then there will be people who say they want him, because they want him to be able to justify why they voted him in, and also we'll be [ inaudible ] poverty, he'll be good to hopefully eradicate the flaring -- >> but has he achieved any positive things for anythingians in these years that he has been in power? in because very often what we hear about is a security failure. you know, him not being able to deal -- >> sorry this line is extremely bad. i could hardly hear you, ma'am.
>> our apologies. i'll try to repeat it a bit louder. i'm asking you what his record is. what has he accomplished in the years he has been in power. obviously there has been a lot of criticism of his handling of the situation with boko haram and the insurgency. but are there points that warrant him winning another term in office? in >> basically when you look at any country -- before he became president there were people before him who felt that nigeria had the military in go -- government for many years. so basically it's just like somebody trying to start to build something that has been totally wrecked. i'm not holding any water for president [ inaudible ] at all, but also i'm hoping that people will be able to give him a chance, and he's the face and the voice we see. he's not really the power that be.
there are powers that be who probably tell him what they feel he should be doing, so he has to also strike a balance here. he has never been president before, so it's not like he has had time to rehearse this or practice what he is meant to do. he is learning as he is going, and he has inherited a very troubled state. but my question is not for president jonathan himself. how about the women in his cabinet? how about the women in all of the states, you know? from his wife who is the first lady, to the first ladies of all of the states, from the women who are commissioners, the women in charge of ministries of women and children. i challenge them what they done? they haven't had any impact. i always ask the question, you want to know the power of any man, show us the women in his life. who with the wife, children,
daughters, sisters, mistresses, because women do have influence, so what kind of advice are they giving these men, i.e., president jonathan. what exactly are they telling him to do? is it all about dressing up in headgear and wearing jewelry. what about the children? in a few days it will be seven months these children are missing. and then the people getting killed. children just got slaughtered a few days ago, when is that going to stop. it's the women that nuture children. the boko haram people, when you look at those images they are young people. who are their mothers? who are their grand mothers? what are those women doing? for me i am challenging the women. where are the women leaders in nigeria. they should arrive and do something now. >> so the women have a bigger role to play in your opinion. thank you so much for speaking
to us. very good to hear your thoughts on the situation in nigeria. thanks for your time. >> thank you very much. now u.n. report into the economic impact of the ebola outbreak has concluded that growth won't be as badly affected in africa as first thought. the report also found international help isn't coming through quick enough. the u.n. has asked for close to a billion dollars to help fight ebola, but right now it has only received $623 million, around 63% of what it wants. the money is being distributed among the three countries worst affected by the outbreak. those three countries have slashed their growth forecast, but in an exclusive interview, carlos lopez highlighted the actual impact of the crisis. >> these three countries were doing rather well. in fact they were in the tier in
terms of performance, and all of a sudden, it's very difficult situation because of all of the consequences doing from ebola. and i think, you know, you have different predictions. the predictions from the countries themselves, none go close to zero growth. they still have a little growth. >> yeah. >> but if we were to actually look into a zero-growth scenario, for both 2014 and 2015, we'll be talking about something in the range of 0.05% of africa's combined gdp being affected, which is almost nothing. it's a thin air in terms of economic impact. >> so for the region? for west africa? this >> for the region, all of africa. if we are talking about west africa it's slightly higher, but we are talking about 1.9% impact. >> so the economic impact isn't as dramatic, and yet the world
bank has been talking about -- i'm not going to say booms day scenario, but a lot worse than that. where is the discrepancy. >> the world bank is look at the three scenarios. if you are looking at the worst case scenario, they are saying about $32 billion. they are not saying the impact of these three countries, but rather the perception impact. the panic, stigma can create a great deal of damage. if we look into the pledges announced by the key players in this game, we are talking about three -- $3.2 billion already announced. >> right. >> but then when you look into the ground and, you know, we have been talking to the leaders of these three countries, you
don't see even close to that. i think we are right now at about 15 to 30% of actual disbursements taking place on the ground. it's obvious part of this money that has been pledged is to support interventions themselves of the countries. so they are not going to give this money to the affected countries, but rather send medical units and the u.n. has done about 500 flights. >> right, so it takes on different forms. >> yeah, but still 15% is quite low. >> you can see the whole interview on this weekend's edition of "counting the cost." south korea's prosecutor says he will appeal against the verdicts handed down to crew memb members that were in charge of
the ferry that capsized in april. the french president has inaugurated a giant memorial to soldiers who died in the first world war. ♪ >> he unveiled the memorial at the military cemetery in northern france. it holds the names of nearly 600,000 fallen soldiers from around 40 countries. the ceremony wrapped up the commemorations of 100 years since the start of the conflict. and nearly 4,000 people packed the national war memorial. 102,000 australians have died in battles around the world. those at the service paused for a minute of silence to remember them. now some veterans in the u.s. are using the skills they learned in the military to help those in need, and they credit the work with giving them a new
purpose in life. rob reynolds has their story. in january, 2010, a devastating earthquake struck haiti, killing tens of thousands of people. two u.s. veterans of the wars in iraq and afghanistan spontaneously decided to gather a small group of former military service people to go to haiti and help. from that small beginning emerged a veteran's volunteer organization, team rubicon. now with more than 20,000 members, they have responded to emergencies ranging from typhoon haiyan in the philippines to tornados that ripped through oklahoma, and wildfires that scorched towns in the u.s. >> we have 2.6 million vets from the conflicts in iraq and afghanistan, we have more every day taking off the uniform, and repurpose their skills learned in wartime.
when you look at what our veterans learn -- what they learn in the military, a lot more than blowing stuff up. it's leading teams. it's solving problems under really difficult circumstances. >> reporter: it's a nimble organization, in the philippines team members made their way to remote vil agency days before larger aid organizations arrived. former navy -- medic took him to oklahoma after a tornado struck. >> my first day there, i realized this is what i have been missing in my life. that sense of mission, purpose, team, just being able to help. >> reporter: and the ones who are helped aren't only the victims of disaster. >> i know that this -- this is what a big part of team rubicon is all about. it's not just about disaster relief. but it's also about helping our veterans.
>> reporter: men and women using skills honed in war on missions of mercy. stay with us here on the al jazeera news hour. still ahead . . . ♪ >> singing in buenos aires calling for greater legal protection. and in sport african football fans will have to wait a little longer to see where the african cup of nations will take place. ♪
time for all of the sport now, robin is here. hello, africa's biggest football tournament is without a host just over two months from kickoff. they removed morocco as host nation and haven't announced a replacement yet. >> reporter: as the leaders of african football met at their headquarters in cairo, there was doubt over whether january's africa cup of nations would happen at all. the scheduled host morocco had requested a postponement in recent days due to fears over ebola. with thousands of supporters from across the continent due to travel to the nation. but the show must go on is the message from the confederation of african football. morocco officially stripped as hosts, and banned from competing at next year's tournament. >> of course the moroccans are very big fans of football, but
the ebola outbreak just made the whole thing scary, and i don't think when you talk to the general public they will be missing this competition because of the risks that they have. >> reporter: the ebola outbreak has posed difficulties for african football to wrap the qualifying process. affects nations guinea, liberia, and sierra leone were all banned from holding home games. while morocco now won't be hosting or competing in the tournament, they will still welcome some of the world's biggest teams next month for the world cup. with risks much lower because there are fewer fans from africa who will travel. >> we're expecting big names, namely real madrid, and the people are looking forward to the competition. >> reporter: the africa cup of nations for now without a home, but a decision is expected on wednesday for a new home when
the executive committee meet again despite no public expressions of interest, they say a number of countries have applied to step in and a number of dates have been discussed. okay. let's get more on incite and analysis on the developing story. we are joined by a football journalist in nigeria. which countries may be interested in stepping in to host this event? there is a school of thought that nigeria could potentially host. >> we have heard from nigerian officials. they said they would love and relish the opportunity to host, thu nigerian government has played that down, they have big elections next year in nigeria, and they don't welcome such a tournament of that magnitude. but what we know for sure is
egypt has ruled themselves out. caf met with officials of egypt, and they said they are not interested because of financial political reasons. and [ inaudible ] hosted in 2010. they have the stadium and the financial ability to host on short notice, but interestingly, algeria is one of the seven nations who have decided they want to host the 2017 tournament, and they are the only ones who are readily available and who could actually step in as hosts come 2015. >> so algeria in your opinion, but if you look at the biggest scheme of things, it all seems like a bit of a mess leaving it this late. would you say caf is to blame? >> i think it's a very difficult one to answer. i think caf have really covered themselves in glory. they say they are not ready to
host because of the ebola issues, and they proposed the idea could we have it in june 2015? could we have it in 2016 if possible. but caf just said look, we have sponsors to protect and tv and all of those things to look at. you can't do that to them. so i think ebola [ inaudible ] it is a very unfortunate situation. i just think the blame should go to morocco 50%, and 50% should go to caf, the organizers who insist it should go ahead as planned. >> morocco is disqualified from next year's tournament, and one of their officials occupied a high position in caf do you this will be cause a split? >> i don't think so. i think the committee are actually looking for a way -- i understand they proposed to morocco to ask some countries
not to come. and in controlling ebola -- there are fears of ebola should prevent some countries from coming. and thigh rejected that. i think [ inaudible ] really, really disturbed right now. they are understandably upset with morocco, and i think morocco are ready to pay the fine and sanctions. they might be suspended from the 2015 edition, but the 2017 edition as well, and that's very bad for morocco football and fans as well. >> thank you very much for that. on to better qualification for the tournament continues. this weekend tunisia are a team that can book their place at the tournament. his team heads to botswana on friday. a point is enough to see them through to the finals.
>> translator: the match against bot wanna is going to be different. it won't be like the match to senegal. we hope we will beat them. we will play to win and create chances. let's get you caught up on the tennis. and roger federer has put himself in a commanding position after taking down his latest opponent. taking the two wins, against japan's number 1. the swiss master saw an chance to finish the season. edmonton's world number one has been suspended for doping by the sport's world governing body alleged to taking a banned antiinflammatory in august. he could be stripped of his silver medal and be banned from the tournament in april. he denied taking drugs to gain
an advantage. violinist melissa may has been banned from skiing for four years after she was accused of fiddling results to reach this year's winter olympics. the results gave her enough points to reach the games at the last minute. but at least one of the competitors listed had never taken part and another who fell was given a second. pakistan skit led out new kneeland, making progress in abu dauby. williamson taking out for only 3 the batsman made 48, but new
zealand were 130-4. they declared their first innings. and then he would be the only player to get over 50, and scored 103. at this point it looks as though new zealand were going to be trailing by a big deficit. all out for 262, 304 behind. that is where we leave your sport for you. thanks for watching. more later. thank you. in aragain tina, street art and music is part of the cultural herita heritage. but now some want protection because they feel harassed. >> reporter: street music makes up part of ben -- ben necessary
aris reach cultural heritage. many make a living playing in public places. but life on the street is governed by its own code, a code say the artists that leaves them vulnerable. >> translator: the idea is to get together so we can help the new artists coming along. for example, in my case i play solo with the guitar, and i have had some uncomfortable experiences when i didn't know what to do. >> reporter: so now they are organizing to promote a law in the city government that would regulate where and under what conditions they would play. the artists say without the protection of the law, they are being harassed and their creative i stifles by the very authorities that are supposed to be protecting them. and that's not the tune they want to hear. ♪ >> reporter: that harassment can take form of instruments being
confiscates or bribes and fines. the musicians say it is part of a campaign to get them off of the streets. >> reporter: the city government has a market ideology, they believe that culture is merchandise, but i believe it's our right to play on the street. ♪ >> reporter: this sign reads, street music is not a crime. and it's part of a campaign backed by national and international musicians. a law is being formulated by a security council working committee, though no one from there would meet our request for an interview. meanwhile, the music plays on. and on that note, we end this news hour from doha. from me and the whole team, thanks for watching. felicity barr is live from
a day after a suicide bomber strikes a school in nigeria, good luck jonathan announces he's seeking a second term as president. ♪ ♪ i am felicity barr you are watching al jazerra live from london. also coming up. why the u.n. envoy's plans for truce in aleppo may come too late for the embattled syrian city. outrage in india after botched sterilizations killed 10 women at a government-run health camp. an5